farewell

If you’re saying goodbye to someone you might not see for long time, say farewell, preferably while waving a hankie from the Queen Mary before it sails across the Atlantic. Farewell is a fancy way to say goodbye.

A farewell is also an expression of good wishes at a parting. If you’re leaving a job after being there a long time, your co-workers might throw you a farewell party. Farewell is an expression, like "goodbye," but also a noun — if you like to leave without a lot of fuss, you don’t like long farewells. Farewell is a combination of fare and well. Fare comes from the Old English word faran, which means "to journey."

Definitions of farewell
  1. noun
    an acknowledgment or expression of goodwill at parting
    synonyms: word of farewell
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    adieu, adios, arrivederci, au revoir, auf wiedersehen, bye, bye-bye, cheerio, good day, good-by, good-bye, goodby, goodbye, sayonara, so long
    a farewell remark
    bon voyage, send-off
    an organized expression of goodwill at the start of a trip or new venture
    good morning, morning
    a conventional expression of greeting or farewell
    afternoon, good afternoon
    a conventional expression of greeting or farewell
    good night
    a conventional expression of farewell
    type of:
    acknowledgement, acknowledgment
    a statement acknowledging something or someone
  2. noun
    the act of departing politely
    “he disliked long farewells
    synonyms: leave, leave-taking, parting
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    valediction
    the act of saying farewell
    type of:
    departure, going, going away, leaving
    the act of departing
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